John Peel

Even before the Navy SEALs: La Plata County native went underwater during World War II

It takes 89-year-old Cecil Benton a while to struggle into his old pullover Navy uniform, but eventually, he appears from the bedroom.

“It’s tight,” he says as he pats his midsection and laughs with a smile born in the 1940s.

The truth is that the uniform has been altered since Benton took it off after World War...

John Peel is Features Editor at The Durango Herald. He can be reached at

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